This years event is being hosted by CIG-NL (Canadian Institute of Geomatics Newfoundland Branch) and will be held in historic downtown St.Johns Newfoundland and feature 150 years of geomatics in Canada …
Drone Aerial View of Signal Hill Newfoundland
Signal Hill is a scenic hill that overlooks the city of St. John’s in Newfoundland and Labrador. Cabot Tower situated on the highest point of Signal Hill was built between 1897-1900, to commemorate both Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and the 400th anniversary of John Cabot’s (Giovanni Caboto) voyage to the New World.
It is often considered a must stop location for anyone visiting Newfoundland because of it’s history and the spectacular scenic view.
The video below is a scenic aerial view of Cabot Tower captured with a Phantom 2 drone and GoPro Hero 3 that provides a view of Signal Hill that most people will probably have never viewed before.[source: chingascook62 ]
Last month at the Canadian Association of Geographers conference in St.John’s, Newfoundland, a group of concerned geography educators came together to discuss deficiencies in geographic knowledge, work on a strategy and create an action plan to help geographic education in Canada. St. John’s Declaration is a document that resulted from the meeting that will be sent out to all the major educational institutes and professional organizations to seek their endorsements for the cause.
“The Canadian GIS & Geomatics website has been a long standing supporter of Geography & GIS Awareness in Canada, and in support geographic learning, teaching and research that is the foundation of the Canadian geomatics sector, supports the St. John’s Declaration for Advancing Geographic Education.”
Canada is certainly not an old country when compared to many others like France or the UK but it has been around long enough to have some very interesting history.
Here are some historic aerial images of major cities in Canada. It is interesting when you compare some of these with modern maps and aerial images, as then you can get a real appreciation on what urban sprawl looks like and how cities develop and spread over time.
The Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA) provide a service where you can obtain your own colour printed reproduction of any of the listed images below [note: the images that the links below point to are actually only thumbnails of the actual images that they repoduce]. Maps ordered are printed on acid free 70 lb paper with a size of about 55 X 70 cm. For more information about how to order historic map prints go to the ACMLA site
Calgary, Alberta  Dawson City  Halifax, Nova Scotia  Hamilton, Ontario  London, Ontario  Montréal, Québec  Ottawa, Ontario  Ottawa, Ontario  Québec City, Québec  St. John’s, Newfoundland  Toronto, Ontario  Vancouver, British Columbia  Waterloo, Ontario [189?] Winnipeg, Manitoba 
Also remember to check back to the new Historic Cartography section as more content is added weekly.
[image source: acmla.org]
Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN)
Location: St. John’s, Newfoundland
Program: GISciences Diploma Program
MUN GISciences Diploma Program
The diploma program in Geographic Information Sciences (GISciences) at Memorial is an intense 30 credit program offered to students that are currently registered in a Bachelor of Arts or in a Bachelor of Science Degree (Also can be offered to students whom have already completed a degree at another recognized university (see their web site for more details) .
The program is made up of a from a variety of cartography, geographical information systems, and remote sensing courses along with two field courses that help provide students with real world opportunities to apply skills and knowledge learned in class.
Students will learn to compile geo-referenced databases, design and produce maps, analyze data in geographic information system environments, produce digital elevation models, and extract information from aerial photographs and satellite images.
Department of Geography
St. John’s Newfoundland
firstname.lastname@example.org (709) 864-7417
See the Course Web Site for more details.
[source: mun.ca ]
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